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Generations of generous philanthropists honored at Huffington Center on Aging gala

Generations of generous philanthropists honored at Huffington gala

Sarah Sallee, from left, Jaleh and Bruce Sallee and Stephanie Sallee at the Huffington Center on Aging Gala November 2013
Sarah Sallee, from left, Jaleh and Bruce Sallee and Stephanie Sallee at the Huffington Center on Aging Gala. Photo by Kim Coffman
Margaret Alkek Williams, from left, with Charles and Randa Williams at the Huffington Center on Aging Gala November 2013
Margaret Alkek Williams, from left, with Charles and Randa Williams at the Huffington Center on Aging Gala. Photo by Kim Coffman
Linda Lyons Brown, from left, Joan Lyons and Ted and Stacey Lyons at the Huffington Center on Aging Gala November 2013
Linda Lyons Brown, from left, Joan Lyons and Ted and Stacey Lyons at the Huffington Center on Aging Gala. Photo by Kim Coffman
John and Betty Hrncir, from left, Bain Pearson and John Pitts at the Huffington Center on Aging Gala November 2013
John and Betty Hrncir, from left, Bain Pearson and John Pitts at the Huffington Center on Aging Gala. Photo by Kim Coffman
Mehrnaz and Ned Gill at the Huffington Center on Aging Gala November 2013
Mehrnaz and Ned Gill at the Huffington Center on Aging Gala. Photo by Kim Coffman
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Donatella and Fred Benckenstein at the Huffington Center on Aging Gala. Photo by Kim Coffman
Bob and Janice McNair at the Huffington Center on Aging Gala November 2013
Bob and Janice McNair at the Huffington Center on Aging Gala. Photo by Kim Coffman
Dr. Paul Klotman and Beth Madison at the Huffington Center on Aging Gala November 2013
Dr. Paul Klotman and Beth Madison at the Huffington Center on Aging Gala. Photo by Kim Coffman
Dr. Pershant and Nidhika Mehta at the Huffington Center on Aging Gala November 2013
Pershant and Nidhika Mehta at the Huffington Center on Aging Gala. Photo by Kim Coffman
Harry and Cora Sue Mach at the Huffington Center on Aging Gala November 2013
Harry and Cora Sue Mach at the Huffington Center on Aging Gala. Photo by Kim Coffman
Tony and Mary Gracely at the Huffington Center on Aging Gala November 2013
Tony and Mary Gracely at the Huffington Center on Aging Gala. Photo by Kim Coffman
Sharon and Doug Owens at the Huffington Center on Aging Gala November 2013
Sharon and Doug Owens at the Huffington Center on Aging Gala. Photo by Kim Coffman
Nancy Dinerstein and Jack Dinerstein at the Huffington Center on Aging Gala November 2013
Nancy Dinerstein and Jack Dinerstein at the Huffington Center on Aging Gala. Photo by Kim Coffman
Tim Connolly and Jan Carson at the Huffington Center on Aging Gala November 2013
Tim Connolly and Jan Carson at the Huffington Center on Aging Gala. Photo by Kim Coffman
Sydney Dittman, from left, Terry Huffington and Myrteel Ward at the Huffington Center on Aging Gala November 2013
Sydney Dittman, from left, Terry Huffington and Myrteel Ward at the Huffington Center on Aging Gala. Photo by Kim Coffman
Sarah Sallee, from left, Jaleh and Bruce Sallee and Stephanie Sallee at the Huffington Center on Aging Gala November 2013
Margaret Alkek Williams, from left, with Charles and Randa Williams at the Huffington Center on Aging Gala November 2013
Linda Lyons Brown, from left, Joan Lyons and Ted and Stacey Lyons at the Huffington Center on Aging Gala November 2013
John and Betty Hrncir, from left, Bain Pearson and John Pitts at the Huffington Center on Aging Gala November 2013
Mehrnaz and Ned Gill at the Huffington Center on Aging Gala November 2013
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Bob and Janice McNair at the Huffington Center on Aging Gala November 2013
Dr. Paul Klotman and Beth Madison at the Huffington Center on Aging Gala November 2013
Dr. Pershant and Nidhika Mehta at the Huffington Center on Aging Gala November 2013
Harry and Cora Sue Mach at the Huffington Center on Aging Gala November 2013
Tony and Mary Gracely at the Huffington Center on Aging Gala November 2013
Sharon and Doug Owens at the Huffington Center on Aging Gala November 2013
Nancy Dinerstein and Jack Dinerstein at the Huffington Center on Aging Gala November 2013
Tim Connolly and Jan Carson at the Huffington Center on Aging Gala November 2013
Sydney Dittman, from left, Terry Huffington and Myrteel Ward at the Huffington Center on Aging Gala November 2013

A dozen high-profile philanthropists from three families, representing two generations of giving, took bows at River Oaks Country Club as honorees at the "Crystal Ball," celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Huffington Center on Aging at Baylor College of Medicine.

Further reflecting on generations of philanthropy, Michael Huffington and Terry Huffington, the two children of the late Phyllis and Roy Huffington for whom the center is named, served as honorary chairs as did Terry's husband, Dr. Ralph Dittman.

The first family taking bows for their community generosity were honorees Joan Lyons, Stacey and Ted Lyons and Linda Lyons Brown and Greg Brown. Oilman Bruce Sallee, his wife Jaleh and their daughters, Sarah Sallee and Stephanie Sallee, were honored as well. Recognized for three generations of philanthropy, which began with the late Margaret and Albert Alkek, were Margaret Alkek Williams and her son and daughter-in-law, Charles Williams and Randa Duncan Williams.

The black-tie gala was chaired by a powerhouse team of couples — Donatella and Fred Benckenstein, Mehrnaz and Ned Gill, Betty and John Hrncir and Bain Pearson and John Pitts. Thanks to their efforts, the festive evening raised more than $471,000 for the Huffington Center's mission to improve the quality of people's lives as they age.

This ageless crowd included emcee Jan CarsonMary and Tony Gracely, Nidhika and Pershant Mehta, Maryann and Jodie Hoffer, Nancy and Jack Dinerstein, Baylor College of Medicine president and CEO Dr. Paul Klotman, Meg and Dr. Cecil Christensen, Tim Connolly, Hui Zheng and Xiangwei Wu.

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